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Friday, June 20, 2014
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: From left, Chris Cooper, Marianne Leone Cooper, Damon, Harper and Phillips
The Mass General Cancer Center hosted the seventh annual the one hundred gala on June 10. Nearly 1,000 guests attended the sold-out event, which honored 100 individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the fight against cancer. These everyday heroes were selected from more than 900 nominations and included caregivers, researchers, advocates, philanthropists and volunteers from across the country and around the world, some traveling from as far as Japan and Botswana to attend the event.Among the 2014 honorees was actress Valerie Harper who addressed attendees and thanked Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD, director of the Cancer Center, for his research discoveries that contributed to her successful treatment after a lung cancer diagnosis in 2009. “I can’t tell you how great it is to be one of the one hundred this year, but also it is an opportunity for me to thank face to face ... Dr. Daniel Haber and say ‘thank you for saving my life,’” said Harper.Other special guests included actor Matt Damon who attended the event with his family, including his father, Kent, who has received treatment for multiple myeloma at the MGH for several years. Singer/songwriter and 2012 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips gave a special live performance in tribute to the honorees. Actors Chris Cooper and his wife Marianne Leone Cooper also were in attendance, as longtime supporters and honorary co-chairs of the one hundred.Co-chaired by Patti and Jonathan Kraft – and sponsored by The Kraft Group – the event raised more than $1.5 million for research, patient care, education and community outreach programs at the Cancer Center.
Visit theonehundred.org to meet the 2014 honorees and nominate someone who is making a difference in the fight against cancer for the 2015 event. The site also includes videos shown at the event and remarks by Harper, Damon, Haber and other attendees.
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